One of the first things that people ask when they see a photograph that they like is: “What kind of camera do you have?” This is usually followed closely by: “What shutter speed, aperture, etc. did you use?” Well, none of these things matter in the least. What matters is what you saw, or at least your interpretation of it, how you felt about it, and how you wanted to portray it to the viewer.

The camera is the least part of the equation. Sure, having a camera with the latest features is cool, but, it won’t make you take better pictures. I prefer a simpler camera with fewer features because the more features that you have, the more stuff to get in the way. Now, this may be in direct oposition to the camera that I bought recently, a Nikon D2X, but I wanted a professional grade camera, and after 20 years of using consumer or prosumer level cameras, I decided to bite the bullet and purhase one, so I did.

Each of my posts will have a photo, which may have absolutely nothing to do with what I’m talking about, but you wouldn’t be able to tell if I took it with a $200 or a $5,000 camera, because it doesn’t matter! Heck, I even have a view camera, or what people call an old-time camera. This camera has absolutely no electronics, just a box, a lens, and a place to put film. I really like it, but like digital more because of the instant feedback, which allows me to experiment more AND there are no additional costs associated with digital … no developing costs.

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